After giving its support to the “Partita del Cuore 2018” (Match of the Heart 2018), Costa Cruises presents another great initiative to celebrate its 70th birthday together with the city of Genoa.
Next July 7 Costa will organize the Costa Zena Festival: an entire day, from morning to night, with over 20 free attractions that will animate the area of the city center between Via XX Settembre, Piazza De Ferrari, Piazza Matteotti, Piazza Caricamento and the Porto Antico (Old Port). The festival is organized thanks to the collaboration and patronage of the Liguria Region and the Genoa City Council.
Not to miss a single event of the festival, along the path to follow a 1.8 km of bunting (the typical series of flags of the nautical tradition raised on all Costa ships from stern to bow) will be raised over the streets.
320 meters of pure fun and adrenaline will invade Via XX Settembre, thanks to the longest inflatable water slide ever built in a city in the world! The slide will take advantage of the natural slope of the road allowing everyone, from morning to evening, to experience the excitement of diving and sliding into the palaces of Genoa. The “Solarium in the square” area will be completed by deck chairs, parasols and bar service for those who want to enjoy some sunshine in Piazza De Ferrari.
The show programme is truly exceptional. It starts in the morning with the “travelling” fun offered by street artists, acrobats, jugglers and entertainers performing in various areas of the festival. The Peppa Pig and PJ Masks mascots will meet the youngest festival-goers, offering workshops and entertainment throughout the day.
Costa has teamed up with Radio 105 to bring a string of super guests for a day of fun and music. The event will start at 10.00 am live from truck 105, a mobile studio located in Piazza De Ferrari and equipped with a stage from which the station’s DJs will broadcast and entertain the audience.
In the evening Costa Zena Festival will be focused on the Porto Antico area. The stage of Radio 105 will be taken by some of the artist most beloved by Italian young people: Michele Bravi, Elodie, The Kolors, Francesco Gabbani, Ermal Meta. A “grand finale” with a super DJ set that will make everyone dance until late at night.
From 8 pm to 10 pm, at the Arena del Mare, a concert by Al Bano and Romina Power, the couple of artists famous in Italy and in the world for singing “happiness”. Then, from about 11 pm, an incredible show of lights and water will enchant spectators from the sea of the Porto Antico in front of Calata Falcone and Borsellino.
The “Teatro delle Feste del Porto Antico” will host from 6 p.m. on the laughter shows of Maurizio Lastrico, the Bruciabaracche, Enrique Balbontin and many other Genoese comedians.
The gastronomic offer is also exceptional, available in 3 squares of the city from 10.00 a.m. on. To refresh the festival audience, Costa will offer 2 tons of ice cream from its Gelateria Amarillo. The “Food Districts: Bruno Barbieri’s selection, pizza and burger” will be found in Piazza De Ferrari, Piazza Matteotti and Piazza Caricamento. So everyone will be able to taste some of the specialties offered on board Costa ships, which also include collaborations with important Italian partners: pizza with selected ingredients from the Pizzeria Pummid’Oro, the Burger d’Autore, a selection of dishes from the 3 menus created for Costa by Chef Bruno Barbieri, buffalo mozzarella, the Aperol Spritz Bar, the Mojito Bar, the beer bar of the Angelo Poretti brewery.
Do not miss the Palazzo Ducale’s “Oliviero Toscani. Ladro di Felicità²” (Oliviero Toscani. Thief of Happiness²) exhibition, with over 150 photographs by Oliviero Toscani on the theme of the happiness experienced by guests on board Costa ships. The exhibition, with free admission, will remain on display at the Palazzo Ducale from 6 July until 14 October.